Jan McGrath an actor, poet, and playwright. She has acted and directed in professional and community theatres for seven decades. After adapting Dante’s Inferno and Milton’s “Paradise Lost” for ACT’s Readers Theatre, she began writing her own screen and stage plays. These include fictional biopics of Christopher Marlowe and of the Puccinis, as well as […]


Darien Gee is the author of six novels (three under the name Mia King) published by Penguin Random House. Her craft book, Writing the Hawai‘i Memoir, won the Hawai‘i Book Publishers’  2015 Ka Palapala Po‘okela Book Award (Special Interest). Her novels have been published in 12 countries, and are available in multiple formats including hardcover, trade paperback, audiobook, and ebook. […]

Zachary Payne is poet and translator who currently works as a Spanish Professor at Windward Community College.  He received his Ph.D. from the Complutense University in Madrid, in Spanish and Latin American Thought. As a translator, Zach has published full book translations of Spanish and Latin American Poets (Rafael Cadenas, Pablo Guevara, and Leopoldo Maria […]

Dear Friends, I’m still finalizing the details for this year’s Ko`olau Writers Workshop, but I wanted to let everyone know that we do have a date. The event will take place on Saturday, April 13th at Aloha Tower Marketplace (ATM). We have also confirmed a wonderful Keynote Speaker: D. Nandi Odhiambo is the author of […]

For those who would like to drive to Aloha Tower Marketplace, we have arranged for an all-day validation that will cost $10. Please park in the Pier 5 & 6 parking lot, on the Diamond Head side of Aloha Tower Marketplace. Take a ticket from the machine upon entering. We will have a validation at […]